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11-30-2016 10:02 PM

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Having lots of craps is something I never thought about before getting into woodworking. My garage is a mess with this stuff. I’ve got a giant trash can full of them and that’s nowhere near enough storage. Maybe I’m keeping too much, maybe I don’t know how to organize, maybe both.

How do you all store your cutoffs?

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 10:11 PM

I heat my shop with wood…........
Over the years I kept everything.
Moving around past couple of years I ended up giving things away.
Now I keep very little…...some rare exotic woods

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 10:14 PM

This has worked well for me
12 month rule. If I haven’t used it in 12 months I throw it out (ordinary stuff). That way I’ll be sure to need it in the 13th month.

There is no solution

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 10:16 PM

Tucked away in the ‘free’ space on shelves, in garbage cans, laundry baskets and 5 gallon buckets scattered between the garage/shop/patio, under the work benches, standing up against the wall all over the place, various sized boxes and even a flower pot or two!

Maybe I need to re-think my storage strategy as well :)


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#4 posted 11-30-2016 10:37 PM

Sounds like my place Brad!

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#5 posted 11-30-2016 11:02 PM

Following this thread, I can use any help I can get. LBH looks like he might be on to something, not so much as efficient storage, but as a confined space and to get rid of anything that won’t fit. My problem I think is that there is always another tote, another bucket, another another trash can, another shed, another spot on the floor not stacked too high with stuff yet.

-- Ted

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 11:27 PM

In an effort to store cut-offs and not lose too much floor space, I constructed this little “gallery” in the back corner of my shop. Like everything else, it too is at capacity, so I have a few overflowing wicker baskets, as well as lumber stacked against the wall(s) ... BUT, the gallery really did help out a lot!

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#7 posted 11-30-2016 11:35 PM

On the floor to the left of the saw for the odd bits. The big pieces get stacked. Most of the usable scraps get fed to my modelmaker partner who makes doll furnature.

It doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of time & effort to sort & store scraps – you can easily spend more on storage than the scraps are worth.


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#8 posted 12-01-2016 12:40 AM

Depends on the species.

Bits of exotics and other pieces that are either hard to find or have unique figure and are large enough to be used have storage space in between the ceiling joists.

Oak, maple, hickory and fruit wood species are stored outside . . . . until they get fed into the smoker. :-)

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#9 posted 12-01-2016 02:54 AM

After the buckets and boxes filled up hung shelves off the ceiling joists

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#10 posted 12-01-2016 04:06 AM

I store mine near the BBQ pit.


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#11 posted 12-01-2016 05:29 AM

3×4 inch gutter pieces with a plug in bottom, a small label on front telling me how long they are and then jammed across my ceiling joists.

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#12 posted 12-01-2016 08:02 AM

I used to have a 12 month rule like LBH but accumulated too much so now I throw smaller pieces into a tub and when the tub is full, I burn it. Occasionally I rummage through and pull pieces out for jigs or knobs or whatnot.


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#13 posted 12-01-2016 01:37 PM

I have a box under my tablesaw where I toss scraps that are exotic or will be good turning blanks. Other cutoffs go in a larger box under my workbench. If it won’t fit in one of those 2 boxes, I don’t keep it or I throw something away out of the box to make room for it. This system works exceptionally well for me. I always have plenty of stock for jigs or small projects and plenty of turning stock if I need a new chisel handle or something but I also don’t find myself digging through every nook and cranny in the shop through mounds of scraps I’ll never use to find them.

Now if I could just discipline myself similarly with plywood, busted tools, old blades, scrap metal pieces, scrap plastic pieces, old electronics and scavenged motors I could double my shop space :-)

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#14 posted 12-01-2016 03:20 PM

I’ve got a rack similar to LBH’s , I think i built it from a shop-notes plan. I also built the rack here with the thought to store in the vertical for some of the smaller pieces. Best rule I found is to decide the first time the cut off is i your hand if it’s going to be of use in the future, all the little BS pieces have served much better in the fire pit on the patio with the family toasting marshmallows than getting moved all over the shop.

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#15 posted 12-01-2016 04:39 PM

I built this “shorts and cut-off” bin several years ago….It holds quite a bit of wood for storing the material I want to keep. All other small stuff that I figure I won’t use goes in the kindling box…It has served its purpose..!!

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